Luis Tissert

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Luis Tissert was a top Cuban hurler of the 1980s. He is the brother of Jorge Tissert.

Tissert served in Cuba's military from 1973-1976. He debuted in the Cuban Serie Nacional in 1980-1981. He debuted for the Cuban national team in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup, going 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA for the champs; he was one win behind co-leaders Hiroshi Nagatomi and Ki-bum Kim. He was 11-3 with a 2.14 ERA for Santiago de Cuba in 1985-1986, walking only 23 in 105 IP. He tied Lázaro de la Torre and José Riveira for the win lead. He then won 13 games for the Serranos in the Series Selectivas for his second victory lead within one year (tied with Osvaldo Duvergel that time).

The right-hander was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA when Cuba won Gold in the 1986 Central American and Caribbean Games and 1-0, 1.35 when they won another Gold in the 1986 Amateur World Series. In 1986-1987, he again dominated for Santiago de Cuba, leading the league in wins (13), IP (132), starts (20, tied with Jorge Matos) and complete games (13). He won the Serie Nacional Most Valuable Pitcher, following Braudilio Vinent as the only pitchers to win the award for Santiago de Cuba to that point (José Luis Alemán and Norge Luis Vera would also later win).

In the 1987 Pan American Games, he had a 0.00 ERA and no decisions while taking his fourth Gold Medal. He was 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA when Cuba won Gold in the 1987 Intercontinental Cup to end his international career. He won his only Serie Nacional title in 1988-1989, when he was 5-2 with two saves and a 4.40 ERA. He ended his career in 1992-1993.

Overall, he was 94-55 with 14 saves, a 3.14 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 11 seasons; he pitched seven shutouts. Through 2020-2021, he was 82nd in Cuban Serie Nacional annals in wins and 17th in winning percentage (between Riveira and Rafael Gómez). He had gone 5-0 for the Cuban national team.

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